I'm from the great white north and have never attended a show like Devon or Upperville. What's it like? How stiff is the competition and how many entries are there usually?
I've seen pictures and it looks like a fabulous show. If your pony places, is it a *HUGE* deal? I've noticed that a lot of breeders list on their websites that their stallion or their stallion's offspring placed at Devon. After winning, do many of them go on to illustrious performance careers or become sought after stallions?
It's always intrigued me, but I can't find much information about the Devon horse show, aside from posted results. When is it usually held and how far in advance do you enter? How much are the entry fees typically? It it worth it for a breeder from far away to bring a pony all the way down to show, or is it usually locals who attend? What age class is the most prestigious?
Sorry for so many questions, I'm just really interested
Devon is the creme de la creme of in hand shows for hunters and ponies. Although numbers are down significantly from 10 years ago and before, it is still a REALLY BIG DEAL to win or place there. As to whether they go on depends on who has them or buys them. Right now, the market is still really soft for young animals. If you can keep and start them, you will have a much better chance. But everyone should go to Devon at least once, even just to spectate.
Prizelists come out in Feb., entries close end of March or first of April, show is third week in May (usually). People do come from all over, but mostly from the east. Class entries are $50, stalls around $200 (ponies cannot get stalls just for one night because they show during the very full junior week). Only you can decide if it it worth it to you.
I've shown in HB before but am very excited to show here on the east coast as I am from the mid West and I now have my first hombres warmblood filly I want to show and see if we an compete with the big boys! I also have a coming 2 yr old pony gelding who is flashy and adorable, but was my first home bred with no special bloodlines, but he's a great colt, I won't be campaigning him as much as the filly but I'm still deciding if I want to take him to Devon just to say he went? Lol! I'm hoping to show them both in MD In march and that will probably be my deciding factor...